(Reuters) - Spain's anti-austerity Podemos would win an election by a razor-thin margin if it were held now, a poll showed, but the new leftist party has lost some support in recent months and is running virtually neck-to-neck with the two mainstream parties.
Podemos ("We Can") surprised by taking five seats in elections for the European Parliament last May, just months after its formation, demonstrating how austerity-weary Spaniards were turning away from establishment parties.
Podemos led the poll carried out by Metroscopia for El Pais newspaper for the fourth month in a row, garnering 22.1 percent support. However, the opposition Socialists regained lost ground to come second with 21.9 percent of the vote.
The ruling conservative People's Party (PP) would come third with 20.8 percent of the vote, Sunday's poll showed. Center-right newcomer Ciudadanos would come fourth with 19.4 percent.
JG: it is my belief that Podemos may come in fourth place on May 24. They have lost ground in the last two weeks.
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